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The thrill and the truth of Aretha Franklin

Aug. 16, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The clarity and the command. The daring and the discipline. The thrill of her voice and the truth of her emotions. Like the best actors and poets, nothing came between how Aretha Franklin felt and what she could express, between what she expressed and how we responded. Blissful on "(You...

Rapper Juelz Santana pleads guilty to airport gun charge

Aug. 16, 2018 2:16 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rapper Juelz Santana has admitted that he tried to get a gun onto a plane at a New York-area airport. Santana, whose real name is LaRon James, pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft. The 36-year-old Totowa resident...

Aretha Franklin's music rising on charts following her death

Aug. 16, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin's music quickly climbed the iTunes' charts following her death on Thursday. Her "30 Greatest Hits" album hit the No. 1 spot, replacing Nicki Minaj's new album, while "Respect" reached No. 2 on the songs' charts. More songs from Franklin, including "(You Make Me Feel Like) A...

Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy

Aug. 16, 2018 1:51 PM EDT

Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality. "The earth lost a lot of music when she went...

Ugandan pop star, a government critic, faces military court

Aug. 16, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A pop singer and prominent critic of Uganda's government was charged with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition in a military court on Thursday for his alleged role in clashes in which the longtime president's motorcade was attacked by people throwing stones. Lawmaker...

The Latest: 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aug. 16, 2018 1:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the death of Aretha Franklin. (all times local): 1:24 p.m. President Donald Trump was among the many mourning the Queen of Soul on Thursday. During a cabinet meeting at the White House, Trump said: "I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person...

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies in Detroit at 76

Aug. 16, 2018 1:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died from pancreatic cancer. She was 76. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told...

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aug. 16, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. She died at her home in...

'No one did it better' - Reaction to Aretha Franklin's death

Aug. 16, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

Reaction to the death of soul icon Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday: "Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade_our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for...

Madonna is the Queen of Pop and a soccer mom, too

Aug. 16, 2018 10:00 AM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — The Queen of Pop is also a soccer mom, and she's getting ever more involved in the beautiful game. Madonna has plans to open a soccer academy in Malawi, a move inspired by her adopted son David Banda, who has ambitions to be a professional player and is at Portuguese club Benfica's...